what we believe
The Orthodox Presbyterian Church believes that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God, the only infallible rule for our faith and conduct. At the Rio Rancho congregation, you will find that the Bible alone gives us the correct knowledge of who God is and how we may please him. The Bible teaches that God the Father gave up his Son Jesus Christ to death on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of his people. We want to share with you the joy that comes from a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
But that is not the way God designed the world. We believe that God is the source of all life, and is the very definition of love, goodness, and truth. In the beginning, his creation flourished with life that reflected his own perfect goodness. Moreover, he made us human beings to be the crowning jewel of his creation, his very own representatives on the earth. We were to be kings, guarding and developing God’s good world. We were to be priests, acting as a voice of thanksgiving and praise for the beauty and goodness of what he made. In everything, we were to live forever in perfect harmony with him and one another in a wonderful union between heaven and earth.
Our good God gave us a good command to love and obey him. If we kept it, he promised to confirm that life we had with him; if we disobeyed, he promised death. In a tragic fall, the first man and woman rebelled against that command, bringing death and corruption upon themselves and upon all of us who would come after. All the fears and pains in life are nothing more than the justly deserved reward for our own refusal to love and obey our good God. We are an evil people.
The primary standard of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is God’s Holy Word. The Westminster Standards, comprised of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism are our secondary standards containing the system of doctrine set forth in holy Scripture. The Book of Church Order is our tertiary standard, and is comprised of the Form of Government, the Book of Discipline, and the Directory for Public Worship. Please use the following links to view the standards of the OPC.